It’s not uncommon for petrochemicals to be used in fire fighting.
But that’s not the case in Queensland, where the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is warning residents to take precautions if they’re caught on the front lines of a fire.
Key points: The DPI has warned residents to protect themselves against petro chemicals if caught on fireWhile a spokesperson for the Department says it has not yet been able to confirm how many homes have been affected, the DPI is warning its members to “take precautions if caught in an area where a petroc is being used”.
“Residents are encouraged to use their common sense, know their rights and exercise due diligence in order to protect their property,” the spokesperson said.
“If you are caught in the fire, immediately seek help.”
The Dpi says the use of petro substances in firefighting is “not illegal”, and the department has made a number of warnings about their use in the past.
“In recent years, a number people have died as a result of petroc and there has been some public concern that there have been instances of fires and fires resulting from the use and misuse of petrascars in Queensland,” the department said in a statement.
“The DPOI will continue to monitor the situation and take any necessary action if required.”
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